The stars must have aligned to bring restaurateur Stephen Starr and design firm Roman and Williams together to form this bright culinary retreat settled along 26th Street. Everything seems to click at Upland—the setting is urbane and cozy, with vintage floors along with glowing jars of preserved lemons and backlit wine bottles lining the walls. Earthy and bountiful, it is an ideal backdrop for the California-meets-Mediterranean cooking. A meal from Chef Angelica Ampil and team might reveal a disc of hand-cut beef tartare with smoked egg yolk and pickled green tomatoes; or a tranche of roasted King salmon with tender-braised baby artichokes, smoked mussels, and pole beans.
Yuzu soufflé with calamansi curd makes for a crowning finish.